Lionel Messi arrives in Paris to complete Paris Saint-Germain move to much fanfare



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ESPN staff

Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain is complete, and it happened in a style befitting of his status as the world’s best player.

Private jets. Crowded streets. Fans massing at the stadium. An elaborate reveal.

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After his emotional departure from Barcelona two days earlier, Messi traveled to Paris on Tuesday to finalize the move, which is a two-year deal — plus the option for a third — with the Ligue 1 power.

Messi will meet the media and be formally introduced at a news conference on Wednesday, but first came remarkable scenes in two countries as the star and his family made their move.

🚨🚨 AMBIANCE EXCEPTIONNELLE ICI AU BOURGET SUITE Γ€ L’OFFICIALISATION DU TRANSFERT DE LIONEL MESSI πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· pic.twitter.com/GrFOX2VjdC

β€” Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ DISPOSITIF DE SΓ‰CURITΓ‰ IMPRESSIONNANT πŸš” ET UNE Γ‰NORME FOULE A QUELQUES MINUTES DE L’ARRIVΓ‰E DE MESSI πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Γ€ PARIS πŸ”΄πŸ”΅#PSG #Messi #TeamPSG pic.twitter.com/Z81BkjQA7K

β€” Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

Fans filmed the police motorcade taking Messi to American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, for his medical assessment.

🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 EXCLU CANAL SUPPORTERS ! @CanalSupporters Lionel Messi est arrivΓ© Γ  l’hΓ΄pital American de Neuilly pour passer sa visite mΓ©dicale !!! 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 #PSG #Messi #MessiPSG pic.twitter.com/hHQNlBqRq2

β€” Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) August 10, 2021

The crowds were also at Parc des Princes to welcome Messi, who will join a team already loaded with stars such as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos.

PSG fans are gathered outside the Parc des Princes stadium to welcome Lionel Messi πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ‘‹ pic.twitter.com/sjGjzA5F6z

β€” ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 9, 2021

Messi and wife Antonela Roccuzzo earlier took a photo aboard their private jet, but the Argentine player changed shirts to greet his new supporters.

Messi and his family are ready to begin a new adventure πŸ€—πŸ‡«πŸ‡· pic.twitter.com/Z6DuTgCQDd

β€” ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 10, 2021

Wearing a shirt that says “This is Paris” in French while in Paris — in front of Parisians — seems as if it should be some kind of fashion faux pas, but then again, this is Messi.

Messi has arrived in Paris πŸ‘‹ @ESPNFC pic.twitter.com/rmAx8azEAi

β€” ESPN (@espn) August 10, 2021

In dramatic fashion, Messi came to the window to meet his new devotees, and, with a wave, Paris has its newest hero.

As if the long days of waiting wasn’t enough for PSG supporters, the club continued to tantalizingly tease Messi’s arrival with various short video snippets…

⏳ pic.twitter.com/d7iPcYoOD3

β€” Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

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β€” Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

⏳ pic.twitter.com/V0pmEfoug3

β€” Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

Finally, at 10:15 p.m. Paris time, the moment we had all been waiting for: Lionel Messi is officially a PSG player! Here is how the Parisian club unveiled their new star with a little help from a drone.

A new πŸ’Ž in Paris !

PSGxMESSI β€οΈπŸ’™ pic.twitter.com/2JpYSRtpCy

β€” Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 10, 2021

And how about a first picture with with Messi and his No. 30 PSG shirt?

Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the signing of Leo Messi on a two-year contract with an option of a third year.https://t.co/D5Qjq7PJfF#PSGxMESSI β€οΈπŸ’™ pic.twitter.com/msJAnW01V5

β€” Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2021

Now can he deliver the city the Champions League title it has craved for so long? A new era has begun…





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